For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750

PUCO approves upgrade of rail crossing in Crawford County

COLUMBUS, OHIO (Oct 24, 2018) –The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) today approved the request of Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway to upgrade a rail crossing in Crawford County.

Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway (WE) will install lights and gates at the E. Main Street/State Route 103 crossing in the village of New Washington, Crawford County. The railroad is directed to complete the work by Oct. 24, 2019. WE and the PUCO will share funding for these upgrades.

To increase public safety during the construction of the projects, local governments may seek funding from the PUCO for the cost of safety improvements such as rumble strips, illumination, improved signage or other enhancements at the project locations. Funding for such improvements comes from the State Grade Crossing Safety Fund and may not exceed $5,000 per project.

The PUCO is responsible for evaluating Ohio’s public grade crossings to determine the need for installing active warning devices. Since the PUCO began implementing these evaluations, the annual number of train-motor vehicle crashes in Ohio has decreased significantly, from 356 in 1990 to 68 in 2017.

The Ohio Rail Hotline, at (866) 814-RAIL (7245), provides Ohioans with a toll-free resource for all railroad crossing questions. For more information regarding these crossings, access the Ohio railroad information system website at http://gradecrossings.puco.ohio.gov/.

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*Note: A previous version of this release reported that the Ohio Rail Development Commission ordered the upgrade. This has been corrected.

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